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  1. JiminSA

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    I need to recover a lot of files which I cleared from the recycle bin. There seems to be a lot of software out there which will help me do this. Like most users, I do not want to use unreliable s/w and would be pleased and grateful to hear your recommendations ...
     
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    First and foremost, assuming the files were deleted from the primary "C:" drive, the more the computer is used, the less likely you are to recover the files.

    As to your actual question, you will need data recovery software. I've used and had good luck with EaseUS Data Recovery ( http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm ). Most of the name brand software will be free to download and test so that you can see if the data is found before you buy the software. If you want to use free software, there is TestDisk ( http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk ).

    And all of the data should be recovered to another HDD. If you recover data to the same disc, it will very likely overwrite the data you are wanting to recover. This is the same reason not to use the computer/drive as noted in my starting comments. Windows/software is always writing data/temp files to the drive. So if the files were removed from the Recycle they are no longer protected and that drive space is marked as available to use and data will likely get written to where those files are/were located.
     
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    there is also Recuva, I've had good luck with that as well.
     
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    Thanks so much for the feedback, everyone. One further question:- do you perhaps know which app allows the largest amount of free data?
     
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    I successfully retrieved the majority of my 'lost' files using recuva which has no limitations - (y) @valis and @Bailifeifei!
     
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    Glad to help. now just make sure to back them up. ;)
     
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